By: Elena Grace Flores
It cannot be denied that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte lacks diplomacy in his manner of speaking. Those who know him well just laugh at his quotes that are perceived as jokes. The international community is disgusted with his bad mouth. Meanwhile, his nation is divided on this issue. Here are some of his famous quotes.
[VIDEO]: Read through the famous quotes of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and see if he is a hero or a villain to his country.
He regrets calling Obama “son of a bitch”
President Rodrigo Duterteexpresses regret after his obscenity-laden rant against President Barack Obama. It prompted the White House to cancel planned bilateral talks between the two leaders. Duterte, who cursed Obama as a “son of a bitch” , said in a statement through his spokesman that he regretted it. ” It came across as a personal attack on the US President.”
No American Puppet
“Who does he think he is? I am no American puppet. I am the president of a sovereign country and I am not answerable to anyone except the Filipino people,” Duterte scoffed in one of his speeches. “Son of a bitch, I will swear at you.”
Drug War message to authorities
“Double your efforts. Triple them, if need be. We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier, and the last pusher had surrendered or put behind bars — or below the ground, if they so wish,” Duterte said during his State of the Nation speech.
Duterte may have crossed the lines many times with his words – but it is how he is. He won’t be Duterte without those rants. That made him famous. His actions contrasted with his tough-talking as observed. He knows how to apologize upon realizing that he went overboard with his talking. Can this be good for Filipinos? Eventually, sooner or later he will end up being a hero or a villain.